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A very nice opening this morning to Morocco on Band II Stereo (88 - 108MHz).
Listening to France Musique, a station whose output is sorely missed in the UK.
Using the latest little stunner from Airspy.
Screenshots taken with a prototype Airspy HF+ Discovery. This beauty is half the size of the Airpsy HF+ and it's as good if not better. Proper comparison data later.
If you suffer from strong signals then Discovery will not let you down.
Download here [Link].
What's new / changed in 3.0.8:
New features and changes for 88 - 108MHz FM broadcast reception and the RDS decoder.
RDS decoding has been improved by making PI code detection mor sensitive.
US Callsign logic now uses data from NRSC for callsign and location.
Spectrum window now a docking pane. Display the spectrum window by selecting Ribbon Bar, Receive, Broadcast FM.
Logging of station from the RDS decoding has been added, this is the RDS Logfile option. To display the logfile click the Log button in the BFM Spectrum.
The logfile has all the options you need:
Click ••• to display the options.
The Airspy options have moved from the ribbon bar to the Receive DSP panel.
The USB relay terminology has been changed to avoid confusion.
Data (IQ) Recording
Playback now correctly detects ELAD recerdings and displays the format as ELAD. later the contents of the elad chunk in the WAV file will be supported.
AOKI URL updated and new format supported.
Font size selection for ageing eyes.
Defauly field order changed, will be user-configurable in a future release.
The sample rates 192kHz, 96kHz and 95khz are now calibrated.
Tidying up and extending the Select Satellite option. Instead of just selecting a satellite, pressing Select in the Satellite ribbon bar now display the Select Satellite window which provides an overview of the entries in the Satellite List as well as selection of new satellites.
Footprint configuration is now consolidated into a property page.
Uses the original version 3 de-emphasis and has better peak volume control.
Problems with the transmit signal bursting reduced by redesigned inefficient code, see Pluto support page for more information.
If you want to take a break from DX on the ham bands, why not try Band II DX?
Version 3.0.8 (coming soon) has an automatic log of received stations.
More information is available here.
After 10 days of very interesting programming the pluto project is ready to be released into the wild now that basic transmit support is ready.
Vist the Pluto page on this site [link].
Here's three FM Stereo signals being demodulated along with their RDS.
Here's a screenshot of Pluto receiving FM Stereo.
More information available on the Pluto page [link].
The band is filled with lots of French, Spanish and Moroccan stations, a mix of Tropo and Sporadic-E. Using Airspy R2 and 8-element yagi from Innov Antennas.